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By On July 18th, 2018

Nurture Your Spirit

When we talk about physical health we have concrete ideas about what it takes to be healthy. Regular visits to your physician, having a good diet, and exercise are among the things we know are necessary to maintain health.

In a similar way, so it is with our spiritual health. First—belong to a community of faith. Jesus had a group of disciples. When he sent them out he did so in groups. In the same way, we need to be with other followers of Jesus. We encounter this in regular worship and in small groups. Church is important.

The food of our faith is found in the Word of God. Regular, daily study of the Bible feeds us the content of what we believe and how we act. Just as your body requires nutrients, so does your spirit.

An inert body deteriorates. We need to walk in our faith—to exercise our faith. We don’t just believe, we serve. We do so by telling people the Good News of Jesus Christ and helping people in need. Serving others is using the gifts that God has given us.

It is my experience that a strong faith doesn’t just happen any more than athletic strength just happens. There needs to be input and exercise. Schedule working on strengthening your faith with a plan that includes reading the Word, being with other believers, and serving others. These things will help you grow into a healthy believer.

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.  2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

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